Category Archives: Mountain Driving

Preventing traffic pile-ups

This month has been a deadly one for big rigs on windy highways shared with Santa Clara County, our neighbor to the east. In two weeks time, in two separate incidents, two commercial trucks lost control and drove through traffic … Continue reading

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When three feet is not available to safely pass a cyclist

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My quandary is when bicyclists are on Old San Jose Road, where there are no official bike lanes and varying widths of shallows, and the road has a double yellow line for vehicles. It seems like … Continue reading

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Safety tips for road warriors this turkey day holiday

Thanksgiving is Thursday and rain is in the forecast; snow is expected in higher elevations. If you are planning to hit the road to your holiday destination, here are some winter driving tips from the California Office of Traffic Safety: … Continue reading

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Fall is deer season, slow down, look out

October through February is mating, or rutting, season for the black-tailed deer that inhabit our Santa Cruz Mountain range.  The peak of the season is November through December. That means deer are going to be more active, often running across … Continue reading

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‘Share the Road’ signs on the way to Bean Creek Road

Earlier this month, Street Smarts published a letter from a concerned cyclist who frequented Bean Creek Road. Kathy Ferraro, of Santa Cruz, was concerned about drivers using the wrong side of the road to navigate blind curves on the winding, mountainous … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz reader wants motorists, cyclists to share the road

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was hoping that you could send another big reminder to motorists and cyclists about rules of the road and adhering to them. I was cycling on Bean Creek Road from Santa Cruz on both Tuesday … Continue reading

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Motorcycle riders should straighten out curvy travel lanes to increase sight distance

This month is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. To commemorate, Street Smarts will periodically publish safety tips for motorcycle riders. Today’s tip: When traveling on curvy roads  and there is no traffic, the California Motorcycle Handbook suggests riders straighten out the curve … Continue reading

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The proper way to use turnouts

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I’ve had a question for awhile about the proper use of turnouts on roads. I asked an officer once but never got a clear answer. I commute on Highway 9 from Boulder Creek to the San … Continue reading

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Zayante Road slipout repairs may happen this summer

Dear Street Smarts, Q: During the last storm, a huge chunk of East Zayante Road near our home collapsed and now that portion of the road is only one lane. The county placed an 8,000 lb concrete barrier around the … Continue reading

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Safety on Hwy 129 questioned after recent crash

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I just read the article about the fatal accident on Highway 129 today. I have contacted you about this before but I can’t believe the lack of CHP patrol along this highway. I would really like … Continue reading

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